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KETEKE director Peter Sedufia, Adjetey Anang present FILMMAKING WORKSHOP this May



Director Peter Sedufia, known for his compelling period piece Keteke (starring Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi among others) has announced via Facebook, his forthcoming workshop dubbed The Director’s Call.

Slated for this May, the programme sees renowned actor Adjetey Annang as co- facilitator. The three-day event looks to ‘bridge the tension and gap between the new director and the star actor, as well as the new actor and the star actor; and also, the new director and the new actor” Other popular actors/actresses including Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, Nana Ama Mcbrown will also be given mentorship roles over the participants.

Read Sedufia’s full announcement below:

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Read our review of Sedufia’s Keteke below: 

He should have known – poor Boi – by the way she watched him as he made his way back to the spot she had stopped, that something worse would follow. Hell hath no fury than pregnant Atswei, who has possibly just missed her final chance at making Akete in time for the baby.

And then, as if she hadn’t seen with her own eyes that they had missed the train, he sighs, “we missed the train”. She remains silent. He pushes his luck further, stretching out a gentle hand to touch her shoulder. “Are you alri…”

“Don’t touch me! Don’t you dare touch me!”, she barks!

“What has come over you?”, he inquires, shaken.

“You have. You have come all over me!”, she retorts in the same heightened tone, before grabbing a suitcase and making for the direction which leads back home.

Boi manages to stop her with a stern voice. Then, she goes into a long rapid rant blaming him for what just happened. The outburst is so overwhelming that it causes him to stutter his next sentences.


It is important to separate these words from everything else she says in the first scene of Peter Sedufia’s recent film Ketete, for you can hear the lump in her voice as she speaks them. They’re sober and defeated, and summarise a powerfully sad opening scene.

It is 80s Ghana, and the rail system is the one vehicle from the outskirts. That is why them missing this train is a bad thing. It casts the most vehement shadow on whether or not she would achieve her desire of having her child in Akete.

I think Atswei, and my Aku, present similar temperaments –except Atswei (played by Lydia Forson), is expecting, whereas my Aku is merely thinking about it.

But they’re both insufferable. Like Atswei, my Aku complains constantly (in that rapid piercing voice which I hear even in my sleep), is easily underwhelmed at me, and is mischievous in ways usually unheard of about women.

Because Atswei is expecting, and has just missed a very important train, her behaviour may be excused. It is expected of expecting mothers to have this many expectations, and to cause significant neck and back pain in her partner with everlasting mood swings. I’ll get back to you when I have answers regarding my Aku. Also, I should just go ahead and delete some of the above paragraphs if I look forward to a civil conversation tonight.

Actually, wait! All women, pregnant or not, are insufferable if you really think about it…just in varying degrees and different times.

“You’re evil”, husband Boi (Adjetey Anang) cries during an early scene. He has just been served agonising payback. Minutes ago, when Atswei (sitting two feet away on a rail line) flings a stone at his eye…too painful to be playful, she inquires, smiling: “is it hurting?”. Unbelievable!

Immediately, a great idea drops into his afro. He feigns amnesia, and begins to ask disturbing questions: “who are you?”, “where am I?”. These words are frightening any day, more so in the middle of nowhere, and with nobody else around. He laughs after those ten strange seconds, and she’s both annoyed and relieved.

But as Boi (who is himself a tad insufferable too) finds out swiftly, you should never undermine an angry pregnant woman. Never! An idea, greater than his, drops into her bulging womb. She begins to slap her right thigh. The veins on Boi’s face contort into a bovine expression. She looks like she’s genuinely reeling from the pain which announces labour. Of all the things one could request in a time like this, her appetite leans towards coconut water. Coconut water! Where can he get coconut water in a place like this? He directs that question to her. She doesn’t even seem to hear him, and continues her act. Ten seconds after, she too lets out a hearty laugh, punctuated with the words “draw draw!”. These words can pain! It is then that he blurts out those strong words. Atswei is not perturbed. “Eeeeh. That’s why you married me”, she simply responds, satisfied at the effectiveness of her performance.

It is what happens for most of Keteke. Endless quarrelling between lovers, about each other’s mother-in-law, or the gender of their unborn baby, or whose making the baby was in the first place, or whether to partake of a scrumptious table prepared them by a witch doctor they encounter at a point. Everything.

What therefore, is the language of love, for it is not this! Accusing a partner’s mother of being a witch among other grave invectives is definitely not something you would say to someone you have committed to adore for the rest of your life.

There are only one or two occasions where they speak to each other in the tender dialogue that we expect of lovers –one being when Atswei stares death in the face. Stretched out on the tracks, she lets out strained breaths in a fight for her life.  They clarify their true sentiments, in plain words at last, before she closes her eyes and, kneeling over her, he yells into the skies.

Keteke is a very important film because, it exposes the not too pretty aspects of a relationship. A marriage is never entirely rosy, and no matter how many times we say it, it is important to also display it in art, so prospective partners especially, would know that it’s okay to not smile at each other sometimes –that long fights are a love language too, and that the biggest test of a person’s character could be their soul mate too.

A truly moving period piece, Sedufia manipulates expertly, and with godly audacity, many many emotions in the viewer’s eyes and bosom. He explores primarily, the passé theme of love, but through a perspective that is fresh. Interesting that he has to revert to the 80s to execute this. This is the ultimate test of the wedding day promises: when all is lost, and you only  have a spouse for sanity, and a rail line as compass, will they suffice? Will love survive?

Also dominant in the film are the ideas of sacrifice and tolerance. What lengths shall a man go to prove his affection? Catch a grenade? Jump in front of a bullet? Swim across seven oceans? I’d say, surviving through a pregnant woman’s many erratic moods in the wild is right up there with these gestures.

In many cases, a baby is the crowning moment of a love story. Somehow though, it appears to be bad luck for Boi and Atswei. Indeed, it is the reason for several of their tiffs on the journey.

Keteke (also starring Fred Amugi, Adjetey Anang, Joseph Otsiman, Clement Suarez, Raymond Sarfo, as well as General Ntatia), is one of the most successful motion pictures the year has so far produced. It generated unprecedented activity on social media, and obviously translated unto the day of its release. Images from the March 4 premiere show several scores of patrons lining up to watch it. Producers say over a thousand people showed up for the premiere, and they had to turn many away due to oversubscription.

It has proven to be a remarkable filmmaking debut by Sedufia, and automatically takes him to the first rank of emerging directors from these parts. He has grasped an unpretentious way of telling our stories. That is extraordinary, and welcome.

One can only have good expectations for the film, considering the quality which went into its making: a straightforward story which also delicately reveals many astounding complexities.

In the end (and on a very serious note), know this: your woman is always right! It’s just the way these things work: Nana Addo is president, Jollof cures terminal cancer, and your woman is right, every time. She may be insufferable, and cynical, and mildly sadistic, but she’s right, eventually –ask Boi about the witchdoctor who offered them a lavish feast and kept calling Atswei “my lady”.


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IMAGES: Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi Celebrate With Jack Daniels



September marks the birthday of Jack “Jasper Newton” Daniels, the legendary craftsman who founded the “Jack Daniels” brand and continues to make his mark on the world today with the world’s finest whiskey.

Because no-one knows his exact date of birth; Jack Daniels is celebrating (Mr.) Jack’s birthday all month long with celebrity birthday celebrants within the month.

Delectable screen goddesses, Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi looked fab and stunning last Saturday night as they hosted their birthdays with Jack Daniels inside the plush Venus Lounge in OSU.

The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels promised a fun night and delivered a scintillating affair.

Guests were welcomed unto an artsy  yet glamorous red carpet set up reminiscent of “Mr. Jack’s Room”  and featured an on- going live graffiti painting of Mr. Jack, leading into the fun photo area complete with Jack Daniels props.

It set the tone for a fun and memorable night.

A consistently good playlist was served throughout the night by Live Fm’s Sheldon the Turn Up, budding DJ, Wallpaper and the best female DJ in Ghana, DJ Nyce.

Venus Lounge was lit as a capacity crowd made up of the city’s upwardly mobile socialites partied their way into the morning with Mr. Jack.

This was the kickoff event in the #CelebrateWithJack  Birthday party series which moves next to the CHAMPS Bar this Friday, 22nd September for a special Karaoke Party dubbed, “WHEN JACK SINGS.”



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Let’s sit up and stop blaming TV Stations for airing foreign Content – Francis Afortey Mensah



Ghanaian movie producer Francis Afotey Mensah has called on filmmakers and producers to improve the quality of their movies and stop blaming TV stations who air foreign contents more than local contents.

According to him through the efforts of some key industry players to ban TV stations from airing more foreign content is very commendable, there’s a need for filmmakers to take a critical look at the movies they churn out.

He argues that TV stations are in to make a profit and will only air content that is in high demand with a view to making more money.

Francis Afortey Mensah who is the CEO of Flores Sports and media made these known in an exclusive interview with Cypress Ghana on the current state of the Ghanaian movie industry.

He called on key players in the industry to carry out necessary research to enable them to determine why the fortunes of the industry are dwindling and what should be done to revamp it. He also suggested that those in the technical aspects of filmmaking should upgrade their skills by undergoing foreign training.

He said ” there is a concern that the industry is dying but we are blaming everybody but ourselves, we are also part of the problem, we should take innovative steps and should be creative in our stories and production quality” he added.

He, however, called on the government to support the Ghanaian movie industry by funding and sponsoring filmmakers to gain skills on how to make quality films which in turn will contribute to the economy of the nation.

Francis recently premiered his movie “Seasons In A Vow” which features Kafui Danku, Roselyn Ngissah, Ivan Amenyedor, Jessica Avevor,  Stella Amarh, sensational gospel singer Qwesi Oteng and among others.

His concerns follow last week’s demonstration by filmmakers against tv stations for showing more foreign contents.


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Shirley Frimpong – Manso scouts for new talent



Celebrated Ghanaian filmmaker and founder/ CEO of Sparrow Productions –Shirley Frimpong – Manso, is on the hunt for the next big actor in Ghana.

Dubbed “Next Screen Star”, the programme is  “an acting talent development program with its sole purpose to unearth and create professional director’s actors”, according to an official statement.

Happening over five weeks, the event is in three parts: an acting workshop session, a grand audition session, as well as a film production session.Applications close on September 30.

Born in 1977 hin Kwass, Shirley has written and directed several Ghanaian classics including Life and Living it (2009), A Sting in A Tale (2009), Checkmate (2010), Potomanto (2013), Grey Dawn (2015), Rebecca (2016), among others.

She’s also worked on a number of widely-received productions for TV as Adams Apples (2011 – 2013) and V Republic (2014).  A multiple award-winner, Shirley is alumnus of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), and os married to business partner Ken Attoh.

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Ama K. named Best Actress @ 2017 Newark International Film Festival



Actress Ama K. Abebrese was adjudged Best Actress at the just-ended Newark International Film Festival 2017  held in New Jersey, USA.

Her performance in the Ike Nnaebue – directed Sink or Swim film secured her that honour. The film also won the award for Best Film at the event.

Sink or Swim features other top actors from the continent, including Zack Orji, Omowunmi Dada, Raymond Ofula, Adjetey Anang, Ali Nuhu, Seun Akindele, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ruth Ndulu, and Kate Marrie Williams.

Ama is also a TV personality, and is recipient of other enviable laurels including  for Best Actress in a Lead Role 2011 (AMAA), and Best Media Personality (GUBA, 2010).


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Stop wearing panties and save your life – Actress Baby Blanche



Actress Baby Blanche over the weekend launched a campaign to stop ladies from wearing panties.

For the campaign, she is advocating for ladies above the age 18 to stop wearing panties as that is a major cause of the genital infections these ladies often contract.

Speaking at the short ceremony to outdoor the Blanch Foundation’s ‘Operation Remove Your Dross’ crusade, the actress disclosed that the vagina is a sensitive part of the body, which needs a breathing space, but ladies deprive it of this chance hence the campaign.

“Physicians aver that the female genital needs to breathe to maintain its PH levels to prevent fungi and odour. In that connection, professional medics in the health fraternity advice going bare below when it is bedtime and at the close of the day for unbridled passage of air to that vital area.

Baby Blanche further revealed that she has been panty-less for the past seven years, which has saved her from attaining diseases.

“As an advocate of going panty-less, have lived in the last seven years without panties and have never incurred the wrath of the bacterium at my vital area in relation to any infection.”

In conclusion, based on experts research and my own experience as well as colleague compatriots have come to realize that, I Blanche Worae ( Baby Blanche) and my foundation can say on authority without fear a lady without panties can leave a healthier life. So am entreating all Ghanaian ladies to join me in going panty-less for a healthy living.”

The actress real name Blanche Worae on the day also talked about her first self-produced movie, Trophy which premieres on October 14 at the Siverbird Cinemas.

She asked that fans come out in their numbers at the premiere for gifts would be shared.

Watch the video below:


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Events & Places

EBONY for Accra Fashion Week’s “Swimwear Delux Show” THIS OCTOBER!



Hit singer and lady behind the new hit single ‘Date Your Fada’ Ebony Reigns will be rocking the stage at the inaugural edition of the Swimwear Deluxe Show set to take place during Accra Fashion Week. The naughty and controversial songstress will be performing hits like turn on the lights, Poison, and her latest hit Date Your Fada, and has promised to give a performance like no other.

The Swimwear Deluxe Fashion show is the first of it’s kind to bring swimwear brands from various countries such as Senegal, South Africa, UK, Netherlands, USA and more to showcase alongside Ghana’s top fashion brands.

The show is an invite only event with limited tickets and is expected to be held yearly during every Summer/Harmattan edition of Accra Fashion Week 2017 on Thursday the 5th of October 2017 at the Providence Events Recreational Centre opposite La Palm Royal Hotel.

Models will strut their long legs in some of Africa’s most creative fashion designs from across the world showcasing designs from all sort of African traditional backgrounds.



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